Delhi water crisis- Haryana breaks promise, releases just 175 cusecs
Delhi's water crisis continued as Haryana refused to release the promised 200 cusecs of water in the Yamuna; instead, it released only 125 cusecs. In the evening of May 18, it released 50 cusecs more, "but this is not sufficient", a Delhi Jal Board official said. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has meanwhile directed a contempt case against Haryana.
Most areas in Delhi receive potable water from the Wazirabad pond. Haryana releases close to 1,190 cusecs of water per day into the pond. However, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials said that Haryana has now reduced this supply to 1000 cusecs per day. The pond's water level has also reduced by 2 feet. The pond supplies 900 million gallons water per day to Delhi.
The Delhi Jal Board said, "Due to acute drop of pond level in River Yamuna and reduced supply of water in CLC, the production of water from 3rd 40MGD (million gallons per day) plant at Wazirabad has been curtailed up to 30%."
Anurag Rastogi, Haryana's irrigation department principal secretary said, "We have not stopped supply of water to Delhi and there have been no instructions from the government or any other authority in this regard." Haryana said the drop in levels at the pond was due to illegal lifting of water by the DJB for the Bhagirathi water treatment plant.
There has been no water supply since 10 days. Several areas have been affected: Azadpur, Jahangirpuri, Mukherjee Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Shastri Nagar, Karol Bagh, Okhla etc were hit. Production at the Chandrawal, Okhla and Wazirabad water treatment plants has also been affected.